Residents of affected area want the oil company to pay the full fine
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — After fouling miles of the Yellowstone River with 63,000 gallons of crude oil, Exxon can’t seem to own up to its responsibility to make amends. A delayed initial response to the Silvertop Pipeline break resulted in most of the oil flowing swiftly downstream; only a tiny percentage was recovered in the cleanup effort.
An investigation by federal pipeline safety officials found found that Exxon failed to address known seasonal flooding risks to the safety of its pipeline system, including excessive river scour and erosion, and to implement measures that would have mitigated the spill into the Yellowstone River.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also found that Exxon failed to establish written procedures for its staff to take prompt and effective action to protect the Silvertip pipeline from floods and other natural disasters, and to minimize the volume of oil released from any section along the pipeline’s system. Here is the link to the U.S. Department of Transportation page on the proposed fines. Continue reading
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